The Dominion Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to a Lewis County nonprofit group with a mission to identify and develop the market for live jazz music in West Virginia. The grant was announced at a check presentation ceremony in Weston at the Dominion Resources Services offices on Wednesday, January 11.

In an award letter to the West Virginia Jazz Society, Robert C. Orndorff, Dominion’s State Policy Director for West Virginia, said his company was donating the money in support of the Holiday Jazz Weekend event held in Clarksburg and Bridgeport in Harrison County on December 9-10.

“Dominion is pleased to collaborate with the West Virginia Jazz Society on this project, and we extend best wishes for successful outcomes,” Orndorff wrote.

According to WVJS officials who received the ceremonial check, the Holiday Jazz Weekend featured ten different performances that attracted hundreds of jazz fans from throughout the region to uptown Clarksburg and the greater Bridgeport area.

There was no cover charge to music fans thanks to the major funding from the Dominion Foundation, which was leveraged and supplemented by support from other groups including the Barbara Highland Fund for the Arts, the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, Harry Green Chevrolet, and the Harrison County Commission.

“We are very happy the Dominion Foundation shares our belief in the power of culture and the arts to transform communities,” said Bob Workman, WVJS Treasurer. “Their donation will empower us to offer the best music we can in as many places as we can.”

For additional information on the Dominion Foundation grant, or the West Virginia Jazz Society, visit: WVJazzSociety.com, or phone 304-517-9813.

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Photo (L-R): Eric Spelsberg, WVJS President; Robert Orndorff, Jr., Dominion Resources; Bob Workman, WVJS Treasurer; Julia Spelsberg, Mayor of Weston, WV.